Our calendar year is divided into four seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each season has its special characteristics, colours and associations. For example Autumn is often associated with harvest, and the orange and yellow leaves that blow around in the blustery wind. It is also the season for bonfires and fireworks.
In the same way some Christian churches also divide their year into different seasons. These seasons are called Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter. The times in between these seasons are known as ‘Ordinary time’.
Each of these seasons helps Christians focus on particular aspects of God and the plans that He has for his people. There are different characteristics, colours and festivals associated with each of the Church seasons too.